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Manipur's ethnic groups practice a variety of religions.Manipur has primarily an agrarian economy, with significant hydroelectric power generation potential.
Shiva and Parvati are part of the legendary Khamba-Thoibi love story in Manipur tradition.
Another tradition describes the history of Manipur to be one of a trading route between Indian subcontinent, China and southeast Asia, where it witnessed not only economic activity, but also wars, Medieval era Manipuri manuscripts discovered in 20th century, particularly the Puya, evidence that Hindus arrived from the Indian subcontinent with royal marriages at least by the 14th century, and in centuries thereafter, from what is now modern Assam, Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Dravidian kingdoms, and other regions.
After the war, the Manipur Constitution Act of 1947 established a democratic form of government, with the Maharaja as the executive head.
In 1949, Maharaja Bodhchandra was summoned to Shillong, where he signed the instrument of accession to merge the kingdom into India.
Several groups have used violence toward achieving their goal of a sovereign Manipur.
In addition, tribal peoples have demanded division of the present state into two or three Indian states along ethnic lines.
By the late 1930s, the princely state of Manipur negotiated with the British administration its preference to be part of India, rather than Burma.
These negotiations were cut short with the outbreak of World War II.
The first armed opposition group in Manipur, the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), was founded in 1964, which declared that it wanted to gain independence from India and form Manipur as a new country.